The left likes to call it the “birther” issue. The term birther is used as a derisive term by the left, much as truther is. Of course the difference is truthers beliefs are based on a paranoid ideology, where as the birther issue is based on facts.
I prefer to call it the eligibility issue, not the birther issue. Whether you agree or not, the people who are pushing the eligibility issue are on our side. It is certainly counter-productive to deride them like liberals do.
Recently a whole stream of Republicans have come out, at the prompting of the drive by media, to reassure us that Obama is a citizen and oh, yes, he is a Christian too.
Last Sunday, at the prodding of David Gregory on Meet the Press, or as Rush likes to call it, Meet the depressed, Boehner said, the State of Hawaii had said he was born there, that was good enough for him.
Karl Rove, not a friend of the Tea Party, pushed the RINO line that Obama is a citizen and Sarah Palin, at a meeting in Long Island, a few days ago, also denounced the eligibility issue. Palin ended her remarks on the subject by saying, “let’s stick with what really matters.”
This issue does matter.
There are three variations on the eligibility issue. Two are based on undisputed facts. The third is in dispute.
The most commonly reported of the eligibility challenges is the claim that Obama was actually born in Kenya, not Hawaii. I believe, based on the available evidence, that it is more likely than not, Obama was actually born in Hawaii. Obama has spent a lot of time and (other people’s) money, keeping his original birth certificate out of sight.
Jack Cashill is one of my favorite writers and he has a theory which I think makes sense, that Obama was in fact born in Hawaii, but there is something else on his birth certificate that would destroy the myth of Barack Obama. (See his website, Cashill.com). In the law, there is a presumption that if a party has exclusive access to a piece of evidence and will not release it, the evidence must be adverse to their position.
The second eligibility issue is the claim that because Barack Obama’s father was a Kenyan, a British subject at the time of Obama’s birth, he is not a natural born citizen.
The third is the argument that because Barack Obama was adopted as a child by an Indonesian and moved to Indonesia, he is not an American citizen. Under the law at that time, if an American child was adopted by a citizen of another country and moved to that country, he lost his citizenship. He could regain his citizenship by applying at an American Embassy when he was 18, but would then be treated as a naturalized citizen and thus ineligible to be President.
What is stunning about all of this is the mainstream Republican reaction to the eligibility issues.
The RINOs turn their noses up at the people who want the answers, which, incidentally is 60% of Republican voters. They turn their noses up at the Tea Party movement. Yet, they do not take a moment to consider why this is important.
If Barack Obama is proved to be ineligible to be President, everything he has done is wiped out. Obamacare is gone. The START treaty is gone. The liberal lunatics Obama has appointed to the Federal Judiciary, including the two he has put on the Supreme Court are gone.
Much of the damage Obama has done to this country can be undone. Unfortunately, the Country Club Republicans remain clueless. In their minds, the Democrats are simply the lower class versions of themselves. They do not understand that if the party of treason has its way, America will be forever changed and ultimately destroyed.
The Courts have so far brushed aside all of the eligibility claims. None have been addressed on the merits under the claim that Americans lack standing to challenge the issue. Recently, the Supreme Court has given some indication it may consider one of the issues. We can only hope.
What are the chances of success? Who knows?
Why do football teams run the flea flicker play? It does not work all of the time, but when it does, the results are spectacular. Why should conservatives all hope this works out? Because this wipes out almost everything the Obama regime has done. We get a do over.
You would think, even the RINOs who want to denigrate the eligibility issue could figure this one out.
Off Topic. 700 BILLIONdollar offset bond sent to the us treasury T.Geithner accepted it. Saw on yourtubenews.com just now. Good info at that site.
Royce you may ...this one. Ted Kennedy helped pass Obamcare.
Just burned my eyes out looking at this pic--yuuuuuuuuuck!
Although, I completely agree with what it is implying (my interpretation--an old wh@%$)
That's an old photo, gimme someting current.
ugh! Looks like a precarious foundation built with slouch tape.
by Doug Book, staff writer
John Roberts is said to be quite concerned about the way in which history will view his tour of duty as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Well he doesn’t have to worry any longer, for his remarkable decision allowing Congress to impose a tax improperly and in a previously unconstitutional manner will secure his place in Court history for all time.
Very few—including Obama himself—believed the scheme of presenting the individual mandate penalty as a tax would pass constitutional muster. The DOJ included a “the penalty is actually a tax” argument in an ObamaCare brief to the Supreme Court, to be sure. But that was a typical lawyers’ game of “throw everything against the wall and see if it will stick.” It was upon the Commerce Clause powers of congress—and to a lesser extent, the Necessary and Proper clause– that the DOJ and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli depended to convince the Court that the mandate was constitutional.
In fact, Obama himself told the American public that the penalty was NOT a tax, as did White House budget director Jeff Zients. (1)
“So if I am part of a family that does not buy health insurance in violation of the president’s health-care program and I have to pay [a fine] because of that, that is not a tax increase – that is not a tax on me?” asked Congressman Scott Garrett of Zeints. “The Affordable Care Act saves money,” Zeints evaded. But Garrett reminded the budget director that a moment earlier in his testimony, Zeints claimed there would BE no tax increase. “So [the mandate penalty], that’s not a tax,” pressed Garrett? “No,” Zeints responded. (2)
Indeed nowhere in the massive text of the Affordable Care Act is the individual mandate referred to as a tax. Although ordered to be collected by the IRS, the mandate is deliberately and diligently referred to as a “penalty” throughout. The reason? “To be a constitutional tax, it must be an excise tax, an income tax, or a proportional capitation tax.” (3) These are the ONLY types of tax which the United State Congress has a recognized, constitutional power to impose. Cato Institute policy analyst and law professor Dave Kopel explains:
“The 16th Amendment grants Congress the power to “collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived.” The Supreme Court has defined “derived” income to mean “undeniable accessions to wealth.” Here, the mere refusal to purchase a product is not any kind of “income” or accession of wealth.
Likewise, the penalty cannot be an excise tax. An excise tax is imposed on an event or item, such as the acquisition of a machine gun. Again, there is no event to be taxed, and never in American history has a federal excise tax been imposed on an American’s inactivity.
Thus, the tax is constitutionally a “direct tax” – similar to a head tax, or a tax on real estate. The Constitution requires that such taxes be imposed “in Proportion to the Census.” The mandate penalty is not so apportioned. (1)
Kopel’s conclusion is startling:
“The Obama tax theory, in effect, would give Congress the power to make laws on any subject, impose a fine for noncompliance, have the IRS collect the fine, and then claim that the entire regulatory structure is part of the tax power. The result would nullify Article I of the Constitution, which carefully grants Congress 18 specific powers – and does not grant a general power to legislate on everything.”
With his ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts gives the impression of a judge desperately searching for a way to find a buddy’s illegal argument, legal. As experts in the field of constitutional law comment on his decision, they must conclude that the Justice eliminated what little remained of the liberty we the people were asked by the Founders to safeguard for ourselves and future generations. What a disgrace. What a tragedy.
I think Roberts' decision is based on the purpotedly $1 Billion dollars in the Vatican Bank being held for him, or the other bank, I'm forgetting which one! I'm starting to believe all of this White Hats' stuff; this obamaoromneycare decision clenched it for me! Also, according to the White Hats, oRobMe is involved!! What do you guys think?!!
I often wondered if people do some wrong act for money, such as Saska's billion, what possible gratification could such an amount render?
Royce, I think we're being played for fools by the DC crowd. They play "good cop, bad cop" and reverse roles depending on the issue. And we're the suckers their sending down the river without a paddle.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is under a new attack from Washington and left-wing billionaire George Soros - furious that Joe has refused to back down in the face of new lawless pro-amnesty actions by the Administration.
Democrat operatives say they are going to "take down" the Sheriff - the most prominent national symbol in the fight against illegal immigration - by using $10 million pledged by Soros to defeat Arpaio in November.
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Barack Obama issued an executive decree granting amnesty to 1.4 million illegal aliens last week- after Congress three times voted down the amnesty provision. Press 'experts' said it had the impact of law, and the Congress has wavered and worried about what to do.
But Sheriff Joe told ABC News that regardless of Obama's amnesty edict, “I’m going to continue to enforce all our illegal immigration laws.” Joe said if his deputies find illegals covered by Obama's order, or ones who sneak across from Mexico to try for it, "That won’t happen in my county...they will still be arrested,” Arpaio said. Critics fumed, and denounced Joe as "racist".
Then, after the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's immigration law left a key provision intact, Obama closed it up by cutting off the state from cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). CNN's headline read "Arizona Defanged by DHS". But Sheriff Joe didn't get the memo. He told Fox's Neil Cavuto that “I’m not stopping anything. I’m not going to bend to the federal government, especially when we still have state laws to enforce.”
Immediately, Democrat operatives in Arizona and Washington started telling reporters that Arpaio was "defying the rule of law" - despite Obama himself bypassing Congress to enforce a law they refused to pass. And Soros allies said that they would begin massive ad spending to defeat Arpaio once the Democrat nominee for Sheriff is chosen - just 3 weeks away.
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Sheriff Joe will face a far-left billionaire's war chest twice the size of his own. But that is not all he faces...
Obama and Eric Holder are using the power of your government for a political show trial to try and crush him. First they launched a 3-year investigation of him, trying to find any kind of wrongdoing or corruption - and failed. So now they have filed a "racial profiling" suit against him, and want a judge force Joe to turn over control of his department - the 4th largest county force in America - to the DOJ.
Joe has refused to give in to Obama or Holder, and has demanded they "show me the evidence". But they have none, because Arpaio is just doing his job protecting citizens from illegal invaders. But he needs our support to fight the corrupt Holder and stay on the job.
Sheriff Joe is committed to enforcing our immigration laws to protect every citizen.
That's why he was a target for this Administration from day one. Because Arizona is the gateway for illegal aliens into America. And the open-borders forces don’t want Sheriff Joe to be the gate, stopping the flow of illegal labor – and potential voters for their cause – into this country.
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